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of the obama white house behind it and it's coming as soon as tuesday. the right wing knows what they're heading into. they know they have a fight on their hands, which is why we're now hearing this kind of garbage. >> to preserve and keep this great republican republic, we may have to shed blood every couple hundred years. we may have to shed blood every couple hundred years to preserve our basic freedoms. >> wow. shed blood to stop gun safety. i don't think so. we're not going to let the forces of violence and extremism get in the way of this debate. not this time. >> i'm telling you, if that happens, it's going to spark a civil war and i'll be glad to fire the first shot. i am not letting this country be ruled by a dictator. if it goes one inch further, i'm going to start killing people. >> i mean, this is vile. this is ugly stuff. they are in full freakout mode. we're serious, people, wanting real change. the tricks, the threats, it's all behind us now. people from newtown, connecticut to chicago, illinois are standing up and saying no more. this time it's different. this time we
: that was president obama thursday nominating white house chief of staff jack lew as the next treasury secretary replacing tim geithner set to step down at the end of the month. so, kim, tell us about jack lew, who is he? what does he believe? >> well, he's mostly, i think, this is important, a creature of washington. he had a brief interlude out at citigroup, but a lot of time working in a political capacity and does in fact make him a much different creature for a position like the treasury secretary than we have in the past, folks who have come from that often out of the business world, established economists, might come from the fed. this is a person viewed by congress and many, by many people here in washington a more of an ideologue. >> and with the clinton administration, i know republicans thought he was an honest liberal, anybody he's emerged under this president as much more implacable. and mr. lew makes a lot of appearances, almost always in the role, when you see mr. obama and boehner making progress. he throws the monkey wrench and pretty much tanking the negotiations and makes him
's president hamid karzai is meeting barack obama at the white house on friday. it will be a critical meeting to negotiate the scale of any long-term u.s. military presence in the war-torn country. ahead of those talks karzai on thursday met with leon panetta at the pentagon. the secretary of defense says the military campaign is reaching its final chapter. >> after a long and difficult task, we finally are, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing an afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan, that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that they provide be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said he and karzai made good progress but he declined to say whether they had agreed the size of the u.s. force that will remain in afghanistan. >> after a long and difficult path, we are finally, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing in afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that are you providing, be able to provide security to i
. there's important news tonight for our troops in afghanistan and their families. at the white house today the president said afghan troops will take the lead for security this spring earlier than expected. after a meeting with the afghan president, mr. obama also endorsed peace talks with the enemy, the taliban. major garrett is covering at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, the president has long encouraged the afghan government to seek peace with taliban fighters who infiltrate from neighboring pakistan. today for the first time mr. obama said those talks are specific enough that they deserve a formal home. >> president karzai updated me on the afghan government's road map to peace and today we agreed that this process should be advanced by the opening of a taliban office to facilitate talks. >> reporter: prospects for peace remain dim and taliban aggression when fighting resumes this spring is not expected to let up. but the u.s. combat role will never be the same. >> our troops will continue to fight alongside afghans when needed, but let me say it as pla
of obama surrounded by all white men that have some on the left going s. >> look at the picture they released today. president obama, looking at the wop going who the heck are you? look, he has a lot of women in the white house. i got to say i think he is criticized unfairly. he has done a good job of stocking his cabinet and the administration and his campaign with a lot of women. so i actually have to be fair there. you can say a lot about him. he is not diverse is untrue. he is not groping the female employees in the white house like some presidents. father of the year. >> eric: i'll go quickly. this morning on "fox and friends" they talk about dogs loving to watch fox and friends. and e-mail their dog watching "fox and friends." my dog freedom was on. put the picture up. look what someone said in fox, their dog angus. the dog and their kids love fox. he's watching freedom my dog on "fox and friends." put a picture up there. a little secret, though. steve and the family love "the five" the best. good boy. robert? >> bob: this is a proud day and sad day for me. my son alex is
's president joined president obama to discuss how we get out and when. our chief white house correspondent, kristen welker, was there and is with us tonight. kristen, good evening. >> brian, good evening. it's no secret the relationship between presidents obama and karzai has been tense, but today the leaders announced they had reached some common ground while also acknowledging the end game remains unclear. president obama and afghan president hamid karzai announced a somewhat accelerated time line for u.s. troops to transfer control to the afghan forces, initially slated to occur this summer. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> reporter: the president delivered a blunt assessment of the mission. for the 66,000 americans who will still provide logistic support, transportation, and air cover. >> that doesn't mean that coalition forces, including u.s. forces, are no longer fighting. they will still be fighting alongside afghan troops. >> reporter: left unsaid today, how many american troops, if any, will remain a
century. when filling his cabinet, there's only one question he should be asking: >> hey, where the white women at? [ laughter ] [cheers and applause] >> stephen: that's true. folks, look. this picture is damning. and i don't care if 43% of obama's appointees have been women. they're not in this photo. i live by one rule. if i can't see it, it does not exist-- oh, my god! where's my hand?! ohh. i thought obama took it. don't ever scare me like that again. [ laughter ] of course, obama's not letting me down. i love white men. i sleep with one every night that i know of. [ laughter ] no, folks, i'm heartbroken for my liberal friends. and so is former governor and formerly relevant mike huckabee, [ laughter ] who was publically worried about them on his radio show. >> now a lot of those females who supported barack obama are scratching their heads, and they're saying, "whoa! how come there is so much testosterone in the obama cabinet and so little estrogen?"" [ laughter ] >> stephen: yes, huckabee and hucka-me are outraged on behalf of you estrogen soaked females. because obama's not turning
that happen. even the presence of president obama in the white house and his family races racial questions for some people. so that while we may be on the way some day to be post racial, i think it's fair to say we're not now. >> do you have a relationship with barack obama at all? >> not really, no. >> "and justice for all," by mary francis berry. it's her most recent book. professor here at the university of pennsylvania. former chairwoman of the u.s. commission on civil rights. here's a history of the u.s. commission on civil rights. marrymary francis berry on booktv on c-span2. >>> booktv is on facebook. like us to interact with booktv guests and viewers. watch videos and get up to date information on events. ..
to be that transcendent administration. that brought us all together. that is why president obama earned the white house. because he said he was going the great uniter. remember that beautiful inauguration address? it was glorious where he said to conservatives, i want to listen to you especially when we disagree. okay. nice, beautiful. beautiful idea. and he was going meet with conservatives in congress once a week, that was a great idea two. he meet twice. twice, two times. three days after the beautiful speech, the conservatives in congress came to the white house and they had a meeting and eric can cantor, are techlated the conservative perspective on increasing taxes we shouldn't do that. and you know what obama said three days after i want to listen to you? he said eric, i won, you lost, i trump you on that. then about a week later, he said i want the folks who got us in to the mess to do less talking. and a lot more listening. you can talk a little bit. i want you to stay on the sidelines while we try to clean it up for you. unbelievable. gone with any notion of unifying the country of bringing u
yesterday at the white house. mr. obama says he awaits recommendations from the pentagon and commanders on the ground as to what kind of military footprint the u.s. will have in afghanistan in the near term and after 2014. but it will be this spring, not the summer or later in the year, as previously was discussed by the obama administration, that afghan forces will take the lead for security in all of their country. u.s. troops will step back into an advising and assisting role. >> our forces are still in harm's way, but make no mistake, our path is clear and we are moving forward because after more than a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own. >> the white house has left open the possibility that the u.s. may not leave any troops in afghanistan. arthel? >> arthel: molly henneberg, thank you very much for that report from washington. >> rick: fox news extreme weather alert. powerful winter storm in southern california practically bring life there to a near halt. a vital highway cut off by ice and snow this week is now open again. folks there nowhere near out of the wo
obama was i did not want to see larry summers in the white house. [laughter] with hillary clinton, until the end of her campaign, there was not a sense of how she could bring her history to bear. it was very much a restoration ist campaign. he fell if you are going to get the clinton administration part 3. -- you felt as if you were going to get the clinton administration part 3. if you feel it was such a crisis and panic at that time as many say it was coming out of the calamitous bush administration into the tar, bringing in a team of rivals as obama talked about, all you had was larry summers and tim geithner. both of them have their control over the policies that led to the crisis. in my mind, that opened the door to the tea party. it opened the door to right-wing populism. people saw in this white house favoritism towards goldman sachs and the banks. the problem was the left populism has not emerged until now. for too long, many felt with the bomb in the white house that things would be sorted out. that is where movements become important. every administration in modern times has ha
, of course, the official end of combat operations in afghanistan. earlier this week, the white house had signalled that president obama might be open to having zero troops in afghanistan after 2014, after the joint press conference yesterday. president obama said he hasn't worked out specifically how many troops will remain in afghanistan. that's an announcement he will make in coming months. hamid karzai had signalled that he really wanted a more robust american troop presence in afghanistan after 2014. yesterday, karzai wouldn't weigh in on the numbers. critics said if there are no forces or reduced force level in afghanistan, that could leave the country vulnerable and potentially to destabilize to the point that it would be involve into civil war. real concerns about how many troops will be in country this is significant, alex. the two countries have had a tel tense relationship. they had a show of unity in the sped up process. >> a show of unity. the new gun control measures facing the white house. the vice president meeting with representatives of the video game industry. will chan
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in the white house, president obama made it clear the war is ending, the american war. and it's ending sooner than was previously planned. let's listen. >> let me say it as plainly as i can, starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission, training, advising, assisting afghan forces. make no mistake, our path is clear, and we are moving forward. every day more afghans are stepping up and taking responsibility for their own security, and as they do, our troops will come home. and next year this long war will come to a responsible end. >> no doubt it's still a messy path and that end, if afghanistan is ready to take over its own security. that's the question. what role will the taliban play in the future of that country? and what role will the united states play after we end our combat mission? how many troops will we keep behind in afghanistan to keep that country secure if we can? jim moran is a democrat congressman from virginia, and wes moore is a retired army captain and author of "the other wes moore." i guess the question comes down to numbers. 66,000 troops in country rig
president ahmed -- president obama met president karzai in dc >> he entered the white house for what appeared to be an animated leading -- animated meeting. both came with a long wish list. each appeared to get a little something. karzai, controlling the country's prisons. >> we agreed on the complete return of detention centers and detainee's to afghan sovereigns. this will be implemented soon after my return to an afghanistan. >> the u.s. president was able to announce afghan troops will take the lead in security sooner than expected. >> let me say it as plainly as i can. starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> not answered, how fast u.s. troops will leave and if any will remain after 2014. the u.s. president made sure to leave it an open question. >> if we have a follow on course of any sort. >> many believe that is his way to force concessions from karzai as they negotiate a security agreement. experts say is unlikely afghan securities will be able to step -- to stand on their own. >> they cannot supply thems
dollar coin gimmick. we need to take the u.s. dollar serious again. >> president obama will nominate his chief of staff at the white house jack lew toll bet next -- to be the next treasury secretary. >> it will be his signature at the bottom of our currency. it will look something like this. [ laughter ] >> jon: that injure signature? or jut -- that is your significant in signature or are you testing to see if the pen works? [ laughter ] hey, lew, shire -- here is a tip, stop signing your checks on the teacup ride at disney world. [ laughter ] the only way you are allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is booooing, boooing, please come firm jack lew. please confirm jack lew. i have to have this man as treasury secretary. seriously if this guy gets confirmed it would be the second most ridiculous signature only to appear on our money thanks to buchanan's secretary oliver lewis ottingham. i see the audience went to seventh grade like i did. [ laughter ] i'm 50. can can tell you why guy who will find him rolling in jack lew doodle stacks as money will soon be called, al gore
of afghanistan standing there with him. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: president obama today declared america's longest war will soon be over. >> afghans are stepping up and taking responsibility for their own security. as they do, our troops will come home. and next year this long war will come to a responsible end. >> reporter: but that end will depend in large part on the man at the president's side, afghanistan's president karzai, a man who survived at least five assassination attempts but also accused of corruption and incompetence. today they were cordial but not exactly warm, and no wonder, it's a tense relationship. karzai recently accused the u.s. of causing instability in his country. he has said if pakistan and the u.s. went to war he would side with pakistan, and once threatened to join the taliban. another complicating factor, the increasing rogue attacks of afghan soldiers on u.s. and nato troops, some 45 attacks last year, killing 35 americans. but president obama said today that by this spring, u.s. forces will no longer be taking the le
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binder of women and hand it over to president obama which we've heard has had hostile environment in the white house. >> i think the bottom line is, he did fairly good job the first time, he hasn't delivered yet. he needs to. diversity at the highest level of government is going to deliver better results and better electoral and outcomes, what is he waiting for. >> i don't know where to begin quite frankly. because president obama ran one of the most divisive campaigns in recent memory. did he it to divide and conquer the electorate. he got over -- 55% of the women vote. and what does he give his electorate for electing him a second term? i'm going to appoint all white men to cabinets of really importance, defense secretary, cia, i'm missing one and state. and ruth markus, she writes for the "washington post" this is first time in 16 years we won't have secretary of state of color or who is a woman. i think for this president i think it's funny because ruth went on to say it's almost like mad m on tear steroids. they -- and president is only face of diversity. >> i think it -- wai
in december, and it ran with an article that said "obama's remade inner circle has an all-male look so far." the white house released this photo, also, on tuesday. why has that become an issue? >> well, because the feminists, the national organization for women, for example, are leading a little petition drive against this. i don't think this is going to be the most effective campaign ever. not as if obama's credentials as a liberal are in disrepair. it's called a tempest in a teapot, one of the many subplots. >> to be fair to the president he has a lot of strong women around him. his top two advisors are his wife michelle and valley garrett and two members to the supreme court and strong women in the cabinet. at least in the first term, hillary clinton, kathleen sebelius and-- >> she's giving me a look. >> his record is better than president bush and no better than bill clinton-- >> how about a meritocracy. >> i'd like to have the press to look at who he has appointed and what's happened to them. >> jon: and jim says-- no, i'm sorry, charles krauthammer says the binders full of women cam
edition bed. ends sunday. >> president obama says the u.s. role in afghanistan will shift to a support role this spring as he continues to draw down u.s. troops. mr. obama spoke alongside after began president karzai at the white house today. karen has the latest. >> after more than 11 years war in afghanistan is america longest war. and today president obama afghan president karzai announce accelerated time line for afghan forces to take the lead on security. >> starting this spring our troops will have a different mission. training. advising. assisting afghan forces. >> american forces will be no longer present in afghan village. >>reporter: by the end of 2014 afghan forces will be expected to take full responsibility for their nation security. what happens after that is still up in the air. 66,000 u.s. traps remain in afghanistan and president obama said today they will fight alongside afghan forces as needed. but the administration has made it mostly clear it wants to get out at quickly as possible. today mr. 0many obama said 2 key goal at the end of 2014 is training and
of the america is still run by old white guys. that's the truth. not surprising barack obama will pick a lot of them for these positions. but if you look at the totality of who he's selected, you have elena kagan and sotomayor on the supreme court. he has an opportunity to make his cabinet look more like america. this is much ado about nothing at least right now. >> that said, there was one criticism i read, a commentary, saying somebody ought to present the president with binders of women. the criticism that had been placed against mitt romney. it has people wondering. you can say, yes, but are these the only qualified kantd dates? >> of course not. that's why the congressional black caucus has stepped forward and said you should take barbara leej and mell watt. with solis stepping down as labor secretary and you want to talk about immigration and commerce, you need another woman in there, probably a woman of color. i think obama has some time. the question will be how zbrif he going to be selecting these positions. i think that's more important. we have to see. >> jason jobs, thanks very m
. >>> president obama's inauguration is little more than a week away, but he is already working on two priorities for his second term. gun control and afghanistan. nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker has more. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: erica, good morning to you. president obama doesn't have any events on his schedule today, but next week he will undoubtedly revisit the issue of gun safety as well as continue to fill out key posts in his administration. this after a week that ended with a focus on foreign policy. with america's longest war ongoing -- >> mr. president, welcome. >> reporter: -- president obama and afghan president hamid karzai met at the white house on friday and announced an agreement to speed up the handover of combat forces from u.s. to afghan troops, a deadline initially set for this summer, now moved to the spring. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission, training, advising, assisting afghan forces. it will be an historic moment. >> reporter: but the larger question was unanswered, how many of the remaining 66,000 american forces
now and where it finally starts >>> president obama announced a major change in the mission in afghanistan during a meeting at the white house with afghan president. >> it'll be a historic moment. >> reporter: president obama said after 11 careers careers -- years of war it's time for afghans to do their own fighting. he added the pace of troop withdraw is not yet set but most if not all american forces will be out by december 2014. >>> in other news of the world tonight in the western african nation of mali, forced opened fire. france said it was coming to the aid of soldiers. the militants are taking control of large parts of mali in recent months. >>> survivors of the contra concordia were told not to come to the anniversary. the owner said the problem is there isn't enough room on the island to accommodate the survivors. instead the day is being reserved for families of the 32 people who tide one year ago. >>> and in russia, scientists say an erupting volcano is forming a lake of molten lava. officials may be in danger from the lava and poison gases spewing out. scienti
. >>> president obama announced a major change in the mission in afghanistan during a meeting at the white house with afghan president. >> it'll be a historic moment. >> reporter: president obama said after 11 careers careers -- years of war it's time for afghans to do their own fighting. he added the pace of troop withdraw is not yet set but most if not all american forces will be out by december 2014. >>> in other news of the world tonight in the western african nation of mali, forced opened fire. france said it was coming to the aid of soldiers. the militants are taking control of large parts of mali in recent months. >>> survivors of the contra concordia were told not to come to the anniversary. the owner said the problem is there isn't enough room on the island to accommodate the survivors. instead the day is being reserved for families of the 32 people who tide one year ago. >>> and in russia, scientists say an erupting volcano is forming a lake of molten lava. officials may be in danger from the lava and poison gases spewing out. scientists aren monitoring the eruption around the clock.
do their own fighting. obama met friday with afghan president hamid karzai at the white house and agreed that u-s troops will go home in larger numbers starting this spring. >> the 33,000 additional troops i ordered as promised, they will return home. as they did, last fall and in this spring, afghan forces will take the lead over the entire country. and our troops will shift to a support role. >> president obama also says that steps will be taken to ensure that "america's war in afghanistan will be over" by the end of 2014. >> the pollution in beijing has been so bad that people in the chinese being warned to stay indoors today because of air pollution. air is considered good to breathe when levels of particulates are at 50 or below. chinese scientists say right now the air quality in many parts of bay-jing is fluctuating between one- hundred-76 and four-hundred- 42. monitors at the u.s. embassy recorded an even higher reading. rules issued in december force factories to slow production if the index exceeds five-hundred. expected to stay in place until tuesday. >> jan wahl? >
of them, and not have the nanny state take care of them. and the bottom line, congress and the the white house, they do need to work together, but the white house needs to compromise as well. it's just not obama's way or no way at all and that's how it's been. >> jamie: i'm only saying yes he to my producer, they said the bottom line, that has to be the last word. ladies, thank you. >> thank you, jamie. >> jamie: you know, we're all trying to get people back to work. thank you. kelly. >> kelly: it's supposed to be the future of commercial air travel, but federal regulators are raising serious new questions now about boeing 787 dreamliner, calling for a comprehensive review on the design, manufacture and assembly of the plane after a series of frightening incidents occurring. dominic di-natale is joining us with more details about this, what's up with this. >> reporter: hey, there, kelly, an alarming series of events one after another. a fire in a battery of an auxiliary power unit on the japanese airlines 787 at boston logan airline. fortunately, nobody on board. and a fuel leak the sam
is the fruit. so even you... could've had a v8. >>> at the white house this week, president obama had to bid his official goodbye to the only treasury secretary he has ever known as president, tim geithner. and in so doing, president obama uttered a phrase that i have never heard before. i definitely never heard it in washington. but this saying is apparently common inside the u.s. department of the treasury, and it has now been liberated outside of its walls. >> there is an unofficial saying over at treasury -- no peacocks, no jerks, no whiners. that would be a good saying for all of washington. no peacocks, no jerks, no whiners. few embody that ideal better than tim geithner. >> tim geithner looks like he is about to explode with laughter listening to the president say that but the phrase is no peacocks, no jerks, no whiners. i mean jerks and whiners, we all get that. but the peacocks part here i think is a term of art. i don't think they mean peacocks in a generic way, i think they mean in a way that is specific to the treasury. here is what i mean. peacocks as birds are strutters, right?
with a critical article with this picture the president meeting with 10 mail advisers but the white house put it this bichir the next day president obama with three female advisers. if you are still outraged now it is president obama with three advisers female and three advisers mail trying to call for more diversity. if you are an adrenaline junkie not afraid of snakes before the fish and wildlife conservation commission kicks off the python challenge tomorrow for anyone who wants to hunt down the burmese python as an effort to rid the state of 150,000 non native price since one negative pythons there is every board to $1,000 suit ketches the longest and 1500 to whoever kills the most. peta is not happy and is indifferent to all of the species of the python is eating. negotiating with the talent and the right conclusion in afghanistan? the "a team" will join us the "a team" will join us next. [ roasting firewood ] ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. lori: the sun is
with 10 mail advisers but the white house put it this bichir the next day president obama with three female advisers. if you are still outraged now it is president obama with three advisers female and three advisers mail trying to call for more diversity. if you are an adrenaline junkie not afraid of snakes before the fish and wildlife conservation commission kicks off the python challenge morrow for anyone who wants to hunt down the burmese python as an effort to rid the state of 150,000 non native price since one negative pythons there is every board to $1,000 suit ketches the longest and 1500 to whoever kills the most. peta is not happy and is indifferent to all of the species of the python is eating. negotiating with the talent and the right conclusion in afghanistan? the "a team" will join us next. lori: the sun is getting started. the "a team" republican strategist john christie, former clinton advisor doug shoen and matt patrick. start with the situation in afghanistan. the president and president karzai holding a joint conference know that the u.s. will back out and drawback
is coming -- a few months ahead of schedule. it was announced after this meeting at the white house today -- between president obama and the president of afghanistan. after a meeting with hamid karzai - president obama says the u-s will be able to speed up the withdrawal of u-s troops from afghanistan. also making it clear that he's considering leaving relatively few troops behind.after the nato combat mission ends in 2014. >> "starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission-- training, advising assisting afghan forces," >> catherine: >> i think the president for the help. >> catherine: behind the polite exchange.is the fact that hamid karzai made the rounds of washington leaders this week with a wish list that probably won't be fulfilled. although careful not to talk about specific troop numbers in public.karzai apparently wants a substantial u-s force left behind - perhaps as many as 15-thousand. the white house seems to be thinking more along the lines of 3 to 9-thousand. and karzai was hoping that the u-s would supply the afghan army with the latest military hardware -
obama spoke at a joint news conference at the white house. following that are remarks at georgetown university. or not michael m -- michael mee se. now the news conference with president obama and afghan president karzai at the white house. president karzai also met with defense secretary leon panetta and secretary of state hillary clinton. this is about wordy minutes. -- 40 minutes. >> it is my pleasure to welcome president karzai back to the white house as well as his delegation. we last saw each other during the nato summit in chicago, a city that reflects the friendship between our peoples, including many afghan-americans and the karzai family. mr. president, welcome. we meet at a critical moment. the 33,000 additional forces i ordered to afghanistan have served with honor, they have completed their mission, and returned home this past fall. the transition is well underway, and soon nearly 90% of afghans will live in areas where afghan forces are in the lead for their own security. this year will mark another milestone. afghan forces will take the lead for security across the en
. obama agreed to a complete transition of operations by the end of 2014. both men spoke at the white house. >> our path is clear and we are moving forward. every day more afghans are stepping and taking responsibility for their own security and as they do, our troops will come home and next year this long war will come to a responsible end. >> the american forces will be no longer presidential afghan villages that the task will be that of the afghan forces to provide for the afghan people. >> president obama is considering keeping some troops possibly between 3,000 and 9,000 in place after 2014. it's for counterterrorism and training, but only if they get immunity from prosecution. karzai signaled he may be willing to give into that demand. >>> there's new information on that secret service prostitution scandal. >>> this is the one that captured the headlines when president obama headed down to colombia for a secret visit last april. chris lawrence has the story. >> well, randi, victor, the prostitution scandal that embarrassed the u.s. government won't go away. after an investigatio
of tapestry. when it's woven together, it amounts to the hopes and dreams of our nation. >> president obama announced the nomination of his white house chief of staff jack lew. but his bizarre signature, as you saw there, is what's really making some headlines. take a look at this. it's sort of like a telephone cord or bunch of curly fries. if he gets that job, those squiggles will be on all of our bills. >> here is a sample of what a new dollar bill will look like with lew's signature in the bottom right corner there, which made all of us kind of think, what does your handwriting reveal and what is in a signature? document examiner kurt bagget joins us from dallas. there is a bit of a delay. just bear with us. let's start with jack lew. can you take anything away from just that line of squiggles? >> oh, sure. you can see a lot. >> tell us what you see. >> well, almost nothing. jack lew wants you to know nothing about what he's thinking or about what he's doing. you could almost see the j in the first letter. alternative is that you see nothing else. it does reveal something. what it reveal
, washington. >> president he obama welcomed afghan president hamid karzai afghan president hamid karzai to the white housemi plans for a draw down of u.s. troops in afghanistan. saying the u.s. will shift to a support role. change is expected this spring and will allow the u.s. too begin withdrawing some of the 66,000 troops currently deployed to afghanistan. mr. obama says changes will speed up plans to end the war by the year 2014. >> devastating blows we've struck against al qaeda, our core objective. reason we went to war in the first place is now within ensuring al qaeda can never again use afghanistan to launch attacks against our country. >> the president said any agreement on draw downs must include an immunity agreement where u.s. troops are not subject to afghan law. >> vice president biden bhet a group from the video game industry wrapping up a week of conferences about gun violence and safety. electronic arts represented in redwood city. many of the games have been criticized for glamourizing gun violence. ride biden said the school shooting in newtown made just about everyo
obama has personally thanked willie mays for helping him get to the white house. the two of them had plenty to talk about on one memorable flight on board air force one. >> gavin: i imagine growing up you never imagined beyond all your success that you would sitting on air force one with an african-american president on your way to st. louis with president barack obama. what kind of experience was that? >> well, leading up to that i met him in san francisco. he was doing a book tour. one of my lawyers said we got a guy who is going to be president. i said no way. i don't think so, man. anyway, he was going a bookstore. he said, when you get to chicago i would like to have a little talk with you. so when i get to chicago i call him on the phone. he came and he spent an hour with me at the hotel that he was staying at. he said--he didn't even tell me he was running. i found out later that he was running for president. i doesn't think he had a chance to be president. so now when i he got in to be president i asked jeff, could you ask the president the only thing i haven't been on is air
be in sight. president obama met with afghan president hamid karzai yesterday an the white house to discuss withdrawing all 66,000 u.s. troops from afghanistan by the end of 2014. in an exclusive interview with cnn's christiane amanpour mr. karzai says the end of the war does not mean the ends of u.s. presence in his country. >> do you envision after 2014, there being no troops, no u.s. troops in afghanistan? >> no, i don't envision that. the united states would need to have a limited number of forces in afghanistan. >> how many is limited in your mind? >> well, it's not for us to decide. it's for the united states to decide what number of troops they will be keeping in afghanistan. what strength those troops will have in afghanistan. >> u.s. officials foresee keeping up to 9,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan beyond 2014, four counter-terrorism and for training. how about this a month-long python hunting challenge. it's under way in the florida evergla everglades. wildlife officials are using this definitely novel way to rid the area of snakes. these snakes, pythons. over 400 people have now s
>>> developing now everyone president obama is expected to speak at the white house this hour. and you know something? i got to tell you something. that is the wrong teleprompter. i'm going off this hard copy. i want to say hello to all of you. welcome, it is high noon on the east coast, 9:00 a.m. out west. five stories trending out of this hour. out of afghanistan but is it mission accomplished? epidemic virus the flu will it slow down? california cold snap, citrus in danger. admission imminent. word of a lance armstrong tell all. and oops, did britney do it again? we have details on all those stories. but first -- >>> now we're getting to the president as he is sharing new details today on america's future role in afghanistan after meeting with afghan president hamid karzai on friday, he is giving us an update on how he will end the war in afghanistan. >> this remains a very difficult mission. the work ahead will not be easy. our forces are still in harm's way. but make no mistake. our path is clear, and we are moving forward. because after more than a decade of war, the nat
to do. maybe it is too expensive for us to be there. i don't think president obama is fully acknowledging the kind of choice we faced. that means we are not going to be able to have the presence. >> you could say that could be sanctioned by the white house but also by choosing chuck hagel as his next defense secretary. >> first of all, remember the numbers that are being presented by the pentagon are not necessarily what is coming from the white house. we can't simply make that assumption, because the jerrells have their plan. they can have his. you can have vice president biden. look, let's force people to go through the procedure and the process of, defend the numbers. why should we be at these levels? here is the other piecement we don't know how long the confirmation process is going to take. again, this might be the president simply saying, let's bring him on board. i want to see what his thoughts are as well. i go back to the most basic fundamental thing this year. we can say, get a decision in weeks, take time in months. we are dealing with human beings that have fami
a list of resources at abc7news.com. >>> new this morning, president obama is talking about a timetable for ending involvement in the war in afghanistan. president has invited hamid karzai to the white house to discuss an exit strategy in the coming months. he'll announce the next phase of the drawdown by the end of 2014, america's war in afghanistan will be over with plenty of work to be done at home. >> we need to rebuild is our own. as we do, we have to take care of our troops and veterans who fought in our name. we have to grow our economy and shrink our deficits, create new jobs. we have to fix our infrastructure and immigration system. we have to protect our planet from the destructive effects of climate change and protect our children from the horrors of gun violence. >>> the republican response calls forereducing the deficit by cutting social programs while preserving the nation's military. >> joe biden met with a group from the video game industry yesterday wrapping up a week of conferences about gun safety. many of the games of redwood shores have glamorized gun industry. >> i
. that's coming up a bit later on in this newscast. >> jamie: president obama's moving forward with the transition in afghanistan. we've been talking about that. but now he's had a meeting with afghan president karzai at the white house and the u.s. military mission in afghanistan, it will end in 2014. but president obama said it is time to hand over more responsibility to the afghan people. >> more than half a million americans, military and civilian, have served in afghanistan, thousands have been wounded. more than 2,000 have given their lives. this remains a very difficult mission. the work ahead will not be easy. our forces are still in harm's way. make no mistake, our path is clear and we are moving forward. because after more than a decade of war, the nation we need to rebuild is our own. >> what does that mean now? molly henneberg live from washington. molly? >> as far as what will change for our troops in afghanistan, jamie, it had long been the plan for u.s. troops to transition from front line fighters to more of a training and advising role. that was going to happen
signature ever, which is soon going to appear on a dollar bill near you. he's been the white house chief of staff, described as a budget wonk and a consummate washington insider. lew's done two stints at the head of the office of management and budget under presidents obama andclinton. he was a key player during the 2011 debt ceiling talks that almost shut down the government. he'll have his work cut out because democrats and republicans are gearing up for another battle over extending the debt ceiling while the global embarrassment that serves as economic policy debate in washington these days i've got a hunch that tim geithner won't miss taking part in another showdown. why should the rest of the world care if jack lew or anyone else is running the u.s. treasury? joining me now, taking off his jacket, hiss suspenders for a little q&a. i'll do the same thing. get rid of the jacket here. vests and suspenders. vests and bracers as you call them. richard, does it really matter who the u.s. treasury secretary is for the rest of the world? give me 60 seconds on your bell. generally, i doubt
washington post" is reporting that democratic senate leaders are advising the white house to go arc comed do that and bypass congress on this issue. i'll show everybody this letter to president obama and they advise him to take any lawful steps to avoid default with congressional approval and they talk about the 14th amendment and is there any way for the white house to avoid another fight like this with the congress completely. >> they've been writing about this letter that senator reid said to the president and if the president if they want to can certainly direct the treasury to ignore the debt ceiling and then basically say go ahead and sue me and see if anybody does and go to the core process and i don't think that's something the president wants to do that he doesn't want to evoke this 14th amendment and that's the shorthand used for it and i think what's fascinating here and you have members of congress, ceding their institutional authority given that congress is more popular these days and i think there's probably some sort of middle ground that can be found with mitch mcconnell and
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